The Domestic Abuse Bill is now law! Members of SI Grange have lobbied the Ministry of Justice and their MPs re various changes including the successful addition of non fatal strangulation as a new offence. In particular, this Act will, amongst other things: 1. Create a new statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, controlling or coercive, and economic abuse. 2. Establish in law the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers. 3. Clarify by restating in statute law the general proposition that a person may not consent to the infliction of serious harm and, by extension, is unable to consent to their own death (the so called “rough sex” defence). 4. Create a new offence of non-fatal strangulation or suffocation of another person. 5. Extend
Six members enjoyed a walk in glorious sunshine from Sedgwick, through Levens Park to Levens Hall and then along the route of the disused canal, and back along the River Kent. Views of snowy peaks were an unusual sight in May! We enjoyed coffee at Levens Hall, saw the Bagot goats, deer and beautiful wild flowers. The old canal bridges straddling the footpath and the quay at Sedgwick where gunpowder was loaded were a reminder we were walking along the route of the old canal. Anyone interested in finding out more about our activities or how to join please contact us
Susannah Bleakley from Morecambe Bay Partnership talking at Club meeting on Zoom The club was delighted to welcome Susannah Bleakley from the Morecambe Bay Partnership to speak at the club meeting. She spoke about the many activities of the organisation including cycle ways, education of the public particularly around birds , beach cleans and conservation. The work trying to protect curlews is very active at the moment as curlews are nesting currently and at risk in fields about to be cut for silage. Morecambe Bay has 50% of the UK curlews. Susannah thanked the Club for their support with beach cleans and urged us to help such as reporting possible curlew nests so that they can be protected.
Five members enjoyed a walk up Whitbarrow on April 21st, starting from Mill Side. We ascended through the woods enjoying the bluebells and clumps of primroses . The walk along the ridge to Lords Seat was blustery and the view slightly misty but it was most enjoyable. The return through the wall and down through the wooded valley to the cow shed was sheltered with primroses, a few cowslips and wood anenomes. We descended to Ransoms Farm and back to the car. An enjoyable 6 miles!
Club swimmers were unable to take part in the usual Swimathon raising funds for ShelterBox, so they formed a virtual team. Club members gave donations rather than their usual sponsorship and the total with Gift Aid was £578. ShelterBox provides essentials such as tents, cooking utensils, water purification kits and much more to families suffering natural or man made diasters all over the world. Club members have swum in the Swimathon for over 25 years and for ShelterBox since 2009 supplying over 10 ShelterBoxes which have been deployed all over the world including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Japan. Women and girls tend to be most affected in disaster areas. This may be due to the direct effect of the disaster, or infections, sexual violence or human trafficking.
7 members calling themselves the Grange Guinness Gang formed a team to take part in a Zoom St Patrick's Day quiz run by SI Blackburn in aid of PIES ( Partners in Education Swaziland). It was a great evening with suitable outfits and although we didnt win there was fun and friendship with other Soroptimists from the Region and donations made to PIES. The Grange Guinness Gang